A bike helmet could save your life
It’s not all about safety. When it comes to making push bike helmets compulsory, a numbers of opinions come into play.
“It prevents injuries”, say the safety conscious while “it’s my civil right not to wear one”, claim others. It’s clearly an intricate issue. But what exactly are the main arguments for and against bike helmets, and should they be made mandatory?
The case for defence
By far the most frequently heard argument is that helmets provide essential protection in the event of a bicycle accident. Studies show that wearing a helmet can reduce the severity of injuries in bike accidents.
According to research, helmets provide a “63% to 88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and severe brain injury for all ages of bicyclists”.
Needless to say the helmet in question needs to be properly fitted and be in perfect condition.
Another advantage of helmets is the potential to attach a helmet-mounted video camera. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident, a helmet-mounted video camera is a great asset in helping decipher liability. It could also help you claim compensation that you may be entitled to.
The taxing debate
There are two sides to every story. When it comes to ‘owning the road’ it’s not unusual to find cyclists and motorists on opposite sides of the street. “Cyclists should be banned from roads,” say the more extreme car drivers while “motorists say the dumbest things,” respond the folks on two wheels.
As the debate rages, drivers often play their trump card: ‘road tax’. The notion is that drivers have more right to road space than cyclists. After all, don’t they pay for our roads?
No pay, no say
The argument is a simple one. Cyclists don’t pay, so they shouldn’t have a say. A quick online search of driver sentiment confirms that many feel that it would be better if motorists had formal priority – or ‘ownership’ of roads.
After hitting a cyclist, a driver recently tweeted that “#bloodycyclists don’t pay road tax”. Her tweet enraged cyclists. The owner of a pub also wrote about “smashing into cyclists at 60mph in his “four by four”. These are just some examples of the ‘no pay, no say’ attitude some drivers have towards cyclists.
Going to the supermarket is a multitasking marathon. Parking, maneuvering the trolley and keeping the kids amused are just the beginning. In the midst of this an accident may be the last thing on your mind – but they do happen.
Google the word “accidents” and your page will be littered with car parts from top to bottom. There isn’t an image of an accident involving Tesco, Sainsburys or Morrisons in sight. But accidents happen in supermarkets more often than you would think. And when they do, they can be serious.
But under Scottish Law, it is the supermarket’s duty to ensure their premises, including their car park, has a system in place to prevent accidents.
That being said, many supermarkets, large and small, fail to -– usually because of poor management practice. This can results in a range of accidents occurring.
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